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Chris Stoffel Overvoorde Collection

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Documents for Project: "Stories of Faith"

Letters to the Netherlands

National Christian Multicultural Student Leaders Conference

Calvin College Multicultural Year

Correspondence

Miscellaneous

Addendum



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Chris Stoffel Overvoorde Collection, 1938-2008 | Heritage Hall, Hekman Library

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Collection Overview

Title: Chris Stoffel Overvoorde Collection, 1938-2008

ID: COLL/188

Primary Creator: Chris Stoffel Overvoorde (1934-2019)

Extent: 17.0 Boxes

Arrangement: Folder level description

Abstract

Professor of art at Calvin College. The collection includes research materials for the booklet Stories of Faith: Fifteen Heroes of Calvin College and the Christian Reformed Church; research materials for resident hall paintings; correspondence; materials from serving on various committees, i.e., Calvin College multicultural, Dutch Immigration Society, American Bicentennial heritage celebration, and Graafschap Christian Reformed Church Heritage Center; photographs; articles; presentations; artwork inventory; design projects; sketches; awards; and materials on exhibitions. [See also the Campus Titles Database.]

Biographical Note

Chris Stoffel Overvoorde was born in Rotterdam, the Netherlands on November 24, 1934. Before becoming the artist and art professor, he is known as today, Overvoorde attended Technical Schools and eventually the Royal Technicum PBNA to pursue a career path as a diesel engineer. In 1957, Overvoorde immigrated to the United States as diesel engineer. However, in 1961 he enrolled in Kendall School of Design to pursue visual design. He went on to the University of Michigan earning his B.S.D. degree in 1964 and his M.F.A. degree in 1966.

A big year came to Overvoorde in 1966; he not only became a U.S. citizen, but also became faculty of the Calvin College Art department. He started out as an instructor of art and eventually made his way to associate professor of art. He also served as director of exhibitions and chair of the Art Department.

Overvoorde is also known for his personal works of art. He has worked as a painter, printmaker, muralist, graphic designer, and stage designer. His work can be found in both public and private collections. His work has been involved in competitions and exhibitions. Four of Overvoorde’s paintings, depicting Dutch contributions to American life and culture, had made its way to Washington D.C. in 1976.  The four paintings were displayed at the Great Hall of Commerce.

On a personal level, Overvoorde is married to Greta Duifhuis. Together they have four children. He has served as a deacon and treasurer for the Christian Reformed Church. He has served his community by being a board member of the Grand Rapids Art Museum and a chairman for the Municipal Art Advisory Commission of Grand Rapids. Overvoorde reach emeritus status and retired in 1997.

Administrative Information

Repository: Heritage Hall, Hekman Library

Access Restrictions: ***PARTIAL RESTRICTION (boxes 3-4, 8-9)

Processing Information: Series 7 is composed of materials that were added to the collection in 2019.


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Documents for Project: "Stories of Faith"],
[Series 2: Letters to the Netherlands, 1957-1986],
[Series 3: National Christian Multicultural Student Leaders Conference, 2000-2001],
[Series 4: Calvin College Multicultural Year, 1996-1997],
[Series 5: Correspondence, 1961-1995],
[Series 6: Miscellaneous, 1938-2014],
[Series 7: Addendum],
[All]

Series 5: Correspondence --- 1961-1995
Box 8
Folder 1: Correspondence with family in Netherlands --- 1961
Access Restriction: RESTRICTED
Folder 2: Correspondence with family in Netherlands --- 1962-1963
Access Restriction: RESTRICTED
Folder 3: Correspondence with family in Netherlands --- 1964-1965
Access Restriction: RESTRICTED
Folder 4: Correspondence with family in Netherlands --- 1966
Access Restriction: RESTRICTED
Folder 5: Correspondence with family in Netherlands --- 1967-1968
Access Restriction: RESTRICTED
Folder 6: Correspondence with family in Netherlands --- 1969-1970
Access Restriction: RESTRICTED
Folder 7: Correspondence with family in Netherlands --- 1971
Access Restriction: RESTRICTED
Folder 8: Correspondence with family in Netherlands --- 1972
Access Restriction: RESTRICTED
Folder 9: Correspondence with family in Netherlands --- 1973
Access Restriction: RESTRICTED
Folder 10: Correspondence with family in Netherlands --- 1974
Access Restriction: RESTRICTED
Folder 11: Correspondence with family in Netherlands --- 1975
Access Restriction: RESTRICTED
Folder 12: Correspondence with family in Netherlands --- 1976
Access Restriction: RESTRICTED
Folder 13: Correspondence with family in Netherlands --- 1977
Access Restriction: RESTRICTED
Folder 14: Correspondence with family in Netherlands --- 1978
Access Restriction: RESTRICTED
Folder 15: Correspondence with family in Netherlands --- 1979
Access Restriction: RESTRICTED
Folder 16: Correspondence with family in Netherlands --- 1980
Access Restriction: RESTRICTED
Folder 17: Correspondence with family in Netherlands --- 1981-1982
Access Restriction: RESTRICTED
Folder 18: Correspondence with family in Netherlands --- 1984-1985
Access Restriction: RESTRICTED
Folder 19: Correspondence with family in Netherlands --- 1987-1988
Access Restriction: RESTRICTED
Folder 20: Correspondence with family in Netherlands --- 1989
Access Restriction: RESTRICTED
Folder 21: Correspondence with family in Netherlands --- 1990
Access Restriction: RESTRICTED
Folder 22: Correspondence with family in Netherlands --- 1991
Access Restriction: RESTRICTED
Folder 23: Correspondence with family in Netherlands --- 1992
Access Restriction: RESTRICTED
Folder 24: Correspondence with family in Netherlands --- 1993
Access Restriction: RESTRICTED
Folder 25: Correspondence with family in Netherlands --- 1994
Access Restriction: RESTRICTED
Box 9
Folder 1: Correspondence with family in Netherlands --- 1995
Access Restriction: RESTRICTED
Folder 2: Correspondence with family in Netherlands --- 1996
Access Restriction: RESTRICTED
Folder 3: Correspondence with family in Netherlands --- 1997
Access Restriction: RESTRICTED
Folder 4: Correspondence with family in Netherlands --- 1998
Access Restriction: RESTRICTED
Folder 5: Correspondence with family in Netherlands --- 1999
Access Restriction: RESTRICTED
Box 10
Folder 1: Correspondence --- 1964
Folder 2: Correspondence --- 1965
Folder 3: Correspondence --- 1966
Folder 4: Correspondence --- 1967
Folder 5: Correspondence --- 1968
Folder 6: Correspondence --- 1969
Folder 7: Correspondence --- 1970
Folder 8: Correspondence --- 1971
Folder 9: Correspondence --- 1972
Folder 10: Celebration of Heritage Committee minutes and related documents --- 1975-1976
Folder 11: Correspondence --- 1973
Folder 12: Correspondence --- 1974
Folder 13: Correspondence --- 1975
Folder 14: Correspondence --- 1976
Folder 15: Correspondence --- 1977
Box 11
Folder 1: Correspondence --- 1978
Folder 2: Correspondence --- 1979
Folder 3: Correspondence --- 1980
Folder 4: Correspondence --- 1981
Folder 5: Correspondence --- 1982
Folder 6: Correspondence --- 1983
Folder 7: Correspondence --- 1984
Folder 8: Correspondence --- 1985
Box 12
Folder 1: Correspondence --- 1986
Folder 2: Correspondence --- 1987
Folder 3: Correspondence --- 1988
Folder 4: Correspondence --- 1989
Folder 5: Correspondence --- 1990
Folder 6: Correspondence --- 1991
Folder 7: Correspondence --- 1992
Folder 8: Correspondence --- 1993
Folder 9: Correspondence --- 1994
Folder 10: Correspondence --- 1995
Box 13
Folder 1: Correspondence, school records, etc --- 1963

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Documents for Project: "Stories of Faith"],
[Series 2: Letters to the Netherlands, 1957-1986],
[Series 3: National Christian Multicultural Student Leaders Conference, 2000-2001],
[Series 4: Calvin College Multicultural Year, 1996-1997],
[Series 5: Correspondence, 1961-1995],
[Series 6: Miscellaneous, 1938-2014],
[Series 7: Addendum],
[All]


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